Rockies Today, Nov. 21

Posted by Mountain West News on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

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Montana county passes predator policy
On Tuesday, the Gallatin County Commission voted 2-1 to approve a large-predator policy that gives the Montana county a place at the table when the state wildlife department discusses predator management.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Nov. 21

Study: Legalization of marijuana in B.C. could mean billions in revenue
A study done by researchers from the University of B.C. and Simon Fraser University found that if British Columbia legalized marijuana, it could reap $2.5-billion in taxes and licensing fees over five years.
Vancouver Sun; Nov. 21

Idaho group asks USFS to reconsider gold mining near Salmon River
The Idaho Conservation League has petitioned the U.S. Forest Service, asking the agency to reconsider allowing more gold exploration near the headwaters of the South Fork of the Salmon River.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Nov. 21

Former supervisor among critics of proposed merger of Wyoming forests
A Teton County commissioner and a former supervisor of the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming are questioning outgoing Regional Forester Harv Forsgren's demand for a study about merging the Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee national forests.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Nov. 21

Shell says Alberta oilsands mine expansion is in "public interest"
An attorney for Shell Canada told members of the Alberta Energy Resource Conservation Board and federal officials that the proposed expansion of the Jackpine oilsands mine near Fort McMurray would pump $17 billion into the economy over the life of the mine, as well as provide hundreds of jobs, and said that the environmental effects of the expansion, which includes the re-routing of the Muskeg River and construction of a new lake to offset loss of fish habitat, would be limited and could be mitigated.
Edmonton Journal; Nov. 21

Groups protest BLM's proposed leases in SW Colorado
The San Juan Citizens Alliance said the Bureau of Land Management's final environmental assessment on the leasing of 12,000 acres in 12 parcels in southwest Colorado for oil and gas development is incomplete in that it fails to address the cumulative impact of such development on county roads, water resources and air quality.
Durango Herald; Nov. 21

Colorado governor, Boulder Co. commissioners meet on oil, gas rules
The meeting on Tuesday between Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Boulder County Commission on the Colorado county's oil and gas regulations was heavily attended, as the governor tried to persuade the county to allow the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to regulate oil and gas companies.
Denver Post; Nov. 21

Explosion at natural gas plant in Utah injures two
Two workers at the Dry Canyon natural gas plant in Utah's Carbon County were severely burned in an explosion and fire on Tuesday.
Deseret News; Nov. 21

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